Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010: A Year in Review.....

2010 for Tyler and I has definitely been one of those years that I think we'll both be glad to put to rest. It's not that it was a "bad" year, so to speak, but gosh there was a lot of change and with change sometimes there can be struggle.... and well, struggle would probably be the first word that comes to mind when describing the beginning of 2010.

It's no secret that our move from Florida to Texas has been extremely hard for me. I missed my friends tremendously and the little safety nest that Tyler and I had built. We had our routine- our "typical Friday nights out, our Saturday trips to Costco followed by an afternoon at the Yacht Club, and then our Sunday night dinners with parents...we had a pretty good thing going.

Texas was an abrupt shock to the system. Suddenly the once social butterfly was at home every weekend, catching up on my Tivo... Let's just say it got under my skin. My job was another issue. I worked in Dallas (which for those of you that don't know is about an hour and a half commute one way (due to traffic)) and well my working environment wasn't exactly stellar. It was really hard to make friends because I was spending so much time commuting. I couldn't go out for a cocktail after work with colleagues bc I'd have to drive home later and I didn't have any avenues to make friends in Southlake (where we lived) bc well, it's an unspoken rule that you must have 2.5 children to be part of the culture.... (yes, there is a tinge of bitterness in that statement).

All and all it just wasn't a good time in our lives. I was miserable, which made Tyler miserable, which made us miserable.... point blank, it was not a good situation.

Fast forward to about March/April when things finally started to look up. Tyler and I slowly began to make some friends and pull our lives together. We decided that Southlake just wasn't for us and decided a move downtown would really change things up. By the grace of God, we sold our house in something like 14 days... (nuts in this economy, right!?!?) and we're able to find a cute little cottage in downtown Fort Worth. We bought a scooter and began to meander around Fort Worth like we had in St. Petersburg.... it was beginning to feel "normal."And then (even more exciting!) we became pregnant with baby Ford and our lives changed even more. Suddenly, Tyler, my tummy, and I were a family.... Life was good.

And now with Tyler's promotion, our next move to SA (with the promise we'll at LEAST be there for three years), and the impending birth of our son, 2011 seems like it's shaping up to be a darn good year :)

Aside from the "challenges" faced in 2010, there were some great memories that make me smile when I look back and remember, here are a few....

 We got acquainted with a new City and "new" culture....

I met Emmitt Smith who I love and is as sweet as pie!! 

Two of my besties got married this past year....

We got to spend a lot of time with my brother and sister in law who also moved to Texas right around the same time we did. They lived with us for three months while their home was renovated! 

We made some fantastic and FUN friends!

And finally (and probably most importantly)
We spent some quality time on spur of the moment, mini-vacations to New Orleans and San Francisco 

 I hope you all had a memorable 2010 and are gearing up for a FABULOUS 2011! 


  1. We so totally made it in the post! Hollla! We will really miss y'all, you make perfect texans ;)

  2. No credit to the realtor who got to say "I told you so." Hummf. Really, I am sad that you guys are moving to San Antonio. We will miss you and Ford's namesake. I was planning to live vicariously through you with a baby Ford. Ahhh.


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